Various new laws are now in effect in Arizona and across the country now that the year is 2019. Here is a summary of the most important new changes:
A state law that’s sparked some controversy: the public safety fee for drivers. They’ll have to pay $32 when they renew their vehicle registration. There is controversy about this because the Legislature only authorized $16.
In an effort to get children more fresh air and exercise Arizona will also require public schools to provide at least two recess periods per day for those in kindergarten through 5th grade.
In healthcare, patients will soon get some protection from those surprise hospital bills. Under the new law, patients can dispute the bill through the Department of Insurance, if they receive an unexpected bill after receiving treatment at an in-network hospital, but with an out-of-network specialist.
When speaking of transparency when it comes to hospital bills, hospitals not just in Arizona but across the country, will be required to post prices online for all of their procedures, services and medications.
The farm bill that President Donald Trump signed made hemp and the CBD oil industry legal. Research shows CBD can help with seizures and arthritis pain.
Another revision that will affect the whole country: the way alimony (or spousal support) is handled under the tax law. For those who get divorced in 2019 and beyond, the payment will no longer be tax deductible and the alimony received will no longer be considered taxable income. Some are estimating this new law will raise $6.9 billion for the government over the next decade.